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.s. flag. the funding would be granted to the puerto rico elections commission to conduct objective voter education and a vote on options that would resolve puerto rico's future political status. key congressional leaders in the house and the senate, republican and democrat alike, have already issued statements of support for the president's action, calling it an appropriate response to the local referendum. . my constituents may not have a vote in a government that makes national laws, but they do have a voice and they make that voice heard loud and clear in november. a budget reflects one's priorities and values. i support the president's budget because it shows respect for the democratically express the aspirations of the u.s. citizens that reside in puerto rico and it demonstrates a clear desire to move forward on this complex but critical issue. as the budget request states, the federally sponsored vote is to be one that would result for puerto rico's political status. the only way to resolve the status is through statehood or national sovereignty. puerto rico cannot resolve its stat
their attacks and avenged it was elected to the senate here. this is the first meaningful gun safety legislature be taken up since i was elected to this body over 16 years ago. we are here because of newtown, connecticut. there's no question about it. if little over two years ago one of our own, gabrielle giffords from arizona at a town meeting was gunned down by being shot point link in the face and we did nothing. no hearings, no changes in the law. it is just another gun statistic too many people, but newtown touched our hearts. to think is beautiful little children could be massacred in their grade school classroom pier one child was shot 11 times. 11 times. this semi automatic weapon that was firing off rounds as fast as the deranged individual could vote them. so we are here today in the beginning of the debate on this important legislation. what is at stake here? well, this is about background checks. here's the basic questions we need to ask. do we believe the current federal law, which prohibits a convicted felon, a person under the court to avoid domestic abuse, a person judged mentall
's capital where senators are elected to do the will of the american people and instead, yesterday they did the will of the gun manufacturers and the gun lobby. you can be sure there will be more mass murders more massacres, in the next weeks and next months in this country but most of the united states senators don't give a rat's ass about it. hate to start with that downer but that's the way it is here on the "full court press" this morning. that's mainly what we're going to be talking about and taking your calls about here on this thursday morning. coming to you live from our nation's capital, just down the street from the scene of that cowardly vote yesterday. and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. looking forward to hearing from you and hearing your outrage on twitter at bpshow and on facebook, be our friend on facebook and tell us where the hell we go from here at facebook.com/billpressshow. man, lots to talk about this morning. we're all here. with peter ogborn and dan henning. >> yes sir. >> good morning. >> bill: we come in even on bad days. alichia cruz is here to take your calls.
forever is willing to risk it. >> you know barack obama would never say we helped you get elected last time. this is what i would do. we helped you get elected last time, heidi. i'm going to pick up this phone and spend the afternoon, if you vote against me on this, because this is not gun control. and you know it's not gun control. there's no national registry. >> it's not even remotely gun control. >> i would say this to every democrat. i'm going to be on this phone and i'm going to do nothing but call every one of my supporters and tell them to make your life a breathing hell over the next two years. i will make sure none of your legislation pass. most presidents would do this. >> joe, i'm with you. >> but to say this can't be done. most presidents i know. >> i'm not saying it can't be done. >> i know. i'm saying for people at home, it's a different era. no, it's not if you say, here is the deal. you vote out of fear if you want. you follow the lies if you want. i tell you what i'm going to do. i'm going to veto every single bill that comes my way that has anything to do with what y
the public is engageed and when the public that sent elected officials to washington makes clear to the elected officials that what the evaluations are in their jobs, and in this case, whatever the state is, there's a majority in the state that's disappointed in the vote taken, if the vote was no, by a united states senator, so we, as the president did, call on the frustrated constituents to make their frustration known. >> generally, the way they do that is in election. are you waiting for the next election? >> no, i don't think it requires an election, necessarily, to bring about that change. i think that there is an opportunity for americans who are frustrated by the failure of the senate to act in a common sense way, in a way supported by the vast majority of the american people, to make their unhappiness and frustration known sooner than the next election, and, you know, there's a variety of means available to the the citizens of the country to communicate with their lawmakers and make views known. >> the background checks -- >> look, i think it's no. the president is commit
of people like pat toomey to get back to the middle so they can win elections again and nra is very busy recruiting the angry people to them and that is what this is about. i think we had to have this battle. we may have had to lose this battle in order to galvanize the american people to understand how they are being blackmailed by the far right. >> a lot to go through to get anywhere. mark halpern, bring us into the mindset of someone who voted no here? what was the process of thinking before making that vote? >> well, look. it's a complicated issue and yesterday was an emotional day. i don't want to impugn people's motives. a lot of number of republican senators would have voted different had they not been afraid of the consequences. the president and vice president were emotional yesterday and i think they are struggling how to regroup from this. it's hard for me to see another vote any time soon unless they change the bill slightly. >> mark. >> yeah. >> can i ask, how is this a complicated issue? >> yeah. i really want to know. >> you said -- you said it was a complicated issue. as
an election for the congressional seat. some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> she came into the white house as a 47-year-old lady who it was well-known aided politics. at the deeply depressed death of her last surviving son , especially under the terrible circumstances in which he died. she did not have many friends, but she did have a wonderful family that kept her going and there always seemed to be someone there. she was a very intellectual woman, highly educated. it seemed wasted in some ways. >> our conversation on jane pierce, wife of the 14th president franklin pierce is on our website for "first ladies." .washington journal" continues host: we are back with senator ben cardin, democrat of ireland on the senate foreign affairs committee, -- democrat of maryland on the senate foreign affairs committee. let's begin with the situation in boston. when did you find out and what was your reaction? guest: i happen to be walking past a television monitor and saw the breaking news and was shocked and i knew right away this was a terrorist episode. i saw the damage that wa
for international development who was facilitating free elections in the sudan when five years ago he was assassinated in khartoum. four of his killers were captured and convicted but they escaped from prison. two remain at large and the state department has issued a $5 million reward for information leading to their capture. meanwhile, in february, the sudanese government pardoned the man who helped john's killers escape. madam speaker, john deserves better. he was a selfless and courageous man who dedicated his life to representing the united states and helping those who needed it the most. tomorrow, i'll introduce a resolution calling for sudan to remain on the state sponsors of terrorism list until the pardon is repealed and the escapees are captured again. i will also send a letter demanding that the president bashir rescind the pardon. john made our nation proud. i'll keep fighting to see that justice is served and that his memory is honored. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the
of a shift that is, she's the democrat. mitt romney won that district by 18 points in the last election in november. she's up by 9 over mark sanford. so he has himself some problems. >> when is that election? >> two weeks away. >> bill: coming up. maybe republicans should have thought twice before they figured they could bring mark sanford back. jim, ken is calling from san rafael california. ken, good morning. >> caller: good morning. i would like to ask the ambassador, are the noncombatants -- i don't know if they're noncombatants or not the ones still in guantanamo, that we do not deem to be a threat, have they been released? we heard almost a year ago that this decision was made that they weren't a problem. have they been released? if not why not? >> bill: good question, ken. >> the answer is no, they have not been released. there's 80 some of those people who have been cleared by all of the intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies. they have not been released. i'm not quite sure what the holdup is but as i understand is it, all that needs to be done is for the president
president george w. bush was elected, he expanded the program with project safe neighborhoods, focused the saoeupl -- same. unfortunately, under the current administration, this has not been a priority. indeed, firearms cases, prosecutions have dropped 30% in the obama justice department. all of us are united in wanting to stop violent crime, and in particular stop violent crime with firearms. i would suggest the most effective way to do so is ensure that we are prosecuting violent criminals who use firearms. and for that reason, this amendment creates a national project exile that would in particular focus on the 15 jurisdictions with the highest violent crime rates and three tribal jurisdictions with the highest crime rates. and it would devote $45 million -- $15 million a year for three years -- for more assistant u.s. attorneys and agents to pros violent gun crimes. to target exactly who we want to target: violent criminals. a third element -- and i would note as well, actually before we get to the third element, i would note as well that this legislation also includes new language
, the votes that were cast. votes have consequences just as elections do, and the people of america will remember our job now is to raise awareness, spread the rage that we feel, raise the rage and organize and enable and empower citizens to be heard and heeded by this body, whether in the next election or before then, and my hope is that it will be before then because we must act before the next election, and that action is an opportunity, a historic moment that we must seize. not everyone in this body turned its back on the victims of newtown or on this cause yesterday, and there were genuine profiles in courage on this floor in this body. first and foremost, senator manchin who led the fight on background checks and forged a compromise that should have won the day. and republicans who chose to buck their own leadership and follow their hearts and consciences, senators mccain, collins, kirk and toomey. the american people will thank you. and there are democrats who took some tough votes. tough votes particularly for their states. and i want to thank senators hagan, casey, landrieu
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